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1 days ago
Topic:
Change Symenu Search Item Bar (Large items) colors

Gianluca
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Hi Emanuele.

You are right.
Those elements are labels and my original idea was to couple the label color with the title color. I've never noticed that the label object needed a special treatment because it doesn't takes the color so simply as the other objects.

Since I have to process the labels in a special way my solution is to allow the user to customize the color completely, in short no more hook to the title color.
So starting from the next version you'll find this new element among the theme objects.
6 days ago
Topic:
Change Symenu Search Item Bar (Large items) colors

Emanele_Tinari
Emanele_Tinari
Posts: 1
I'm using Symenu with the Search Item Bar set into Large Items.
I'm using a black STANDARD Theme for the launcher too (the first in the left hand above). It automatic sets the color in this way:

Title color: #FFFFFF
Separators color: #0063B1
Elements color: #FFFFFF
Images background: #232B36
Background #1 color: #232B36
Background #2 color: #232B36
Border color: #232B36
Selector #1 color: #0063B1
Selector #2 color: #0063B1
Border selector color: #000000

I noticed there is not a way to change the ITEM PATH color shown in the Search Bar results. More.
The default color of the selector ( #0063B1) automatically puts on the first item found during a search, produce a noise disappearing of the first item found path, because its color (Gray) is difficult to see through the blue ( #0063B1) color of the selector.
Likewise, if i go down and up through the found items (if more than one) with the down and up arrow keys (not with the mouse pointer because in this case tooltip appear), the default blue selector make gray item path invisible for the selected item.
I'd like to change Gray color with this one (#34f417), but this last request is for my fancy :-)
Hope to receive an always ready answer, i say hello at all.

Emanuele Tinari



27 days ago
Topic:
New SyMenu Version 6.00

lupusbalo
lupusbalo
Posts: 43
(Installed some days ago but I was moving and had no internet for 3 days)

BUT:
Surprisingly Hammer Time ..........it appears to work great!!

OK ..OK .. Ban Stamp

Great Gianluca again
Kneel!
edited by lupusbalo on 22/07/2017
18/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Version 6.00

VVV_Easy_Symenu
VVV_Easy_Symenu
Posts: 97
!Well done, Gian! Thank you again.
18/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Version 6.00

Ilias
Ilias
Posts: 6
it actually does load faster, despite i don't have hundreds of apps.

Good Job Gian.
17/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Version 6.00

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Topic: New SyMenu Version 6.00
I've yet to try it, but sounds like great news, thank you so much for you're amazing work!
17/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Version 6.00

Gianluca
Gianluca
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Posts: 677
Gianluca
Gianluca
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Posts: 677
Topic: New SyMenu Version 6.00
What? 6.00?

Yes the new version is a real quantum leap in the SyMenu history and deserves the promotion. The new item loading system is so good, even better than my expectation, that I decided to push the version to the 6 figure.
Unfortunately the normal users won't even notice the new feature but, guys, if you have several hundreds of items or even thousands you'll got a completely new and super fast experience.


As usual I'm here to help, explain, and receive bug reports and suggestions.

Have fun
05/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Thanks for the feedback, it's good to know that others find this idea useful too smile
05/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

lupusbalo
lupusbalo
Posts: 43
@sl23: I'd say "it's not going to be fantastic", IT IS FANTASTIC Violin

Incidently I tested new beta release for several days with no problem (up to now !! lol hit )
04/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Er... yeah I suppose that's how it works? I think you'd have a better idea than me smile
I don't expect a Rocket Dock reproduction, just a basic line of icons that you can apply the SyConfig/EnvVar's to. But something that can be docked wherever you want/need to be more productive.

If possible, maybe at a later date, add the containers, or even a completely separate config?
Or have the same list but add an option to hide any specific item on the dock. Or perhaps the other way around... Show on dock?

Anything that saves time is surely a bonus! smile

Only 870!!! I thought mine was a large collection at 588! That's including some windows apps, some install files and bookmarked folders though.

Thank you so much for your work, this is going to be fantastic!!! smile
04/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

Gianluca
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Gianluca
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Posts: 677
Topic: New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12
Correct me if I'm wrong.
The taskbar docking is something similar to the Windows pin system (it's called Pin to taskbar) while che Rocket Dock docking is nothing but a window with a zoom and preview.
Is it correct?

Both features can surely be implemented, maybe the preview is not possible at all but the others probably yes.

The problem is always the same. As you say my time is limited and I have to focus my energy on prior features.
For example the last beta has two new features but the real implementation wasn't ready yet at the first release. Within some days I'll release the second beta version which will be the real beta. The real new feature for the 5.12 version will be a terrific improvement in context menu building speed.
Today, people with hundreds or even thousand items suffer for a long refresh time. The context menu refresh occurs whenever you add/remove/update an SPS, when you change an item configuration, when you change theme or, naturally, when you force a refresh directly from the menu.

Personally I "only" have 870 items in my SyMenu and the time I spend watching a freezed floating button because the menu is refreshing, is a badly spent time. So with the next beta the menu loading will be always partial. SyMenu will load only the first level item (one sec wait) and will load the deepest levels only when needed.

I hope you will appreciate this time saving feature at least as much as I'm appreciating it smile
edited by Gianluca on 04/07/2017
03/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Sorry for my poor explanation!
To be honest, either sounds good smile

From my personal experience, I believe a taskbar dock is best. It is always accessible and doesn't hide anything if kept on top.
But, a normal dock, like rocket dock, would be the best option as it would then be able to have the option to be placed over the taskbar, yet placed anywhere to suit other users.

So, are you actually considering this? or just gauging opinion.
It would be a great advantage to have this ability. No other menu or dock has the two features combined, none that I know of and believe me, I've searched extensively for all various menus and dock systems for years.

Hope I haven't made things more difficult for you suggesting this Gian, I know you're a busy guy! wink
03/07/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

Gianluca
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Gianluca
Gianluca
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Topic: New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12
What do you intend as a "dock"?
Are you speaking about a window which can dock on a desktop edge or an icon docked (pinned) in the task bar?
I dont' understand well sorry.
30/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Great idea VVV!
Thanks for explaining Gian, just wondered where the idea popped up from and it's purpose. I see how it can be useful now.
Perhaps this is a long shot, maybe you don't want to go in this direction, but...
Would it be possible and more useful to to turn this window, as an option maybe, into a simple dock? That way it could be placed on the task bar where it doesn't intrude. I realise this is covering new, possibly unwanted territory, but would definitely be a great improvement.

Especially if we could have similar abilities to existing docks such as:
1. Drag n drop
2. Not just the specified folder and it's content but any SyItem contained anywhere in the menu.
3. Dock to screen edges and auto hide
4. Basic resizing of icons and only showing icons

Sorry if I'm putting too much on you, I just thought I'd put the idea there for your perusal, it may be more useful and less obtrusive using a dock instead of a window.
Thank you so much for your hard work, as ever, you've done a fantastic job!!!
edited by sl23 on 30/06/2017
30/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

Gianluca
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Gianluca
Gianluca
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Topic: New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12
@VVV_Easy_Symenu

Now the new option to hide certain class of items exists and works and this is the most important thing.
When I clear my idea regarding a correct use for it, I'll surely include it in the options form and extend it to cover other tasks.
I like your idea for a swicth to hide the items that need admin rights. Probably another switch can be implemented to hide the Windows files and folder hidden (system) elements. And, who knows, how many others.
29/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

VVV_Easy_Symenu
VVV_Easy_Symenu
Posts: 97
New beta ... very good news smile .... now testing ... thanks again for you good work.
The "Folder Launcher" for the SyContainer is a nice feature.
I have need it and I had solved it with the SyFolderLink ("...simple Windows folder with shortcuts for this task...") but, as you have said, this was not a good solution because I haven't insert SyItems only the documents an links saved in the windows folder: I shall use the new system.
A humble suggestion ... because now you have the feature of "to hide some SyItems (hideOrphanItems)" ¿why not hideAdminItems for hide the Items flagged with "Run as Admin"? and even more .... if SyMenu detects in the executable manifest and hide the programs with Admin rights .... perfect.
This feature is very interesting for me in order to use the same SyMenu with a different users (with and without admin rights) with a little change of configuration.
29/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

Gianluca
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Gianluca
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Posts: 677
Topic: New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12
The folder launcher has been requested, in different forms, from several users.

The idea behind it is: I have to work on a certain topic. For that topic I have some programs to open and a bunch of documentation available. I can organize a folder launcher with all this material, so when I have to work on that particular topic, I open the corresponding folder and have all I need in the same place without opening and re-opening SyMenu several times.
Why not using a simple Windows folder with shortcuts for this task? Because with the raw Windows folders we don't have SyMenu as a launcher. SyMenu, with its action modifiers and the custom environment variables, is sometimes the only way to launch programs in the right way.

The option to hide unlinked programs should become available as a mainstream option only if you users ask for it. Until then, let's hack the configuration file smile
28/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Of course... wink

Thank you

EDIT: Not too sure why you added the "Folder Launcher" idea, or it's practical use over simply using the main menu? What were your reasons?
Seems to work ok though.
A minor point, regarding the tooltip... for ease of reading, create a second line halfway. When text is written without line breaks it can reduce continuity of flow a bit.

One thing I hate about some websites and forums is the long straight sentences with no breaks! I wish they used columns. Imagine reading a newspaper or magazine that didn't use columns! They're used for a reason, to facilitate the flow of reading. Anyway, rant over smile

Will that hidden option become a err... non hidden option in the Options form at some point?
edited by sl23 on 28/06/2017
28/06/2017
Topic:
New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12

Gianluca
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Gianluca
Gianluca
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Posts: 677
Topic: New SyMenu Beta Version 5.12
Hello folks.

I have a new beta here. Is there anyone interested in testing it?

These are the new features:

  • Separate launcher - a SyContainer can be flagged to open a separate window from where its contents can be executed separately
  • Thirdy party feature - in the configuration file SyMenuConfig.xml you can activate the feature to hide the unlinked items in the contextual menu. The key is located in the contextualMenu tag, attribute hideOrphanItems.
  • Bug fix


Hope you will enjoy it.

2017.07.11 5.12.6401 version
- The context menu building speed has been improved
Guys this is THE new feature for this beta. I was waiting for it for months!! wink

http://www.ugmfree.it/Public/SymenuBeta/SyMenu.5.12.6401.beta.zip
edited by Gianluca on 11/07/2017
28/06/2017
Topic:
Extension Manager - Bug?

sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
sl23
sl23
Posts: 196
Topic: Extension Manager - Bug?
The reason I have two identical menus, almost identical, is that one contains all possible required apps with a few extras, plus folders and install files for some apps.

My regular menu is a streamlined version for my use only and is fixed. The 'full' version is also used for usage as a portable system and so is occasionally used for sorting other people's PC out or passing on apps etc. Here is where the same file associations become useful.

Here is where the trouble can also start. As with my problem above, it is very feasible that symenu could be on a friends laptop. Which they then ask me to look at for one reason or another, so I take my hard drive with my full symenu round, start it up and find conflicts with associations. Do you see the problem?

I suppose it's maybe rare, but very real.

I know what you're saying about windows and it's file associations though, I spent many days trying to find ways around it, looking for apps or registry hacks in the hope something would work.

I'd be happy with a reg file that I could edit and simply run when reinstalling windows or adding new entries!

Doesn't seem to be anything like that that works though! Bloody Microsoft are a pain in the ass!!!

Wasn't happy with PEW, PFA was dead long before win10.

Thanks anyway Gian

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